115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

26/27 November 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS793 KO-L

T/O Witchford 1746 - target Berlin, Germany. Came down at Stockheim, 35 Km NE of Frankfurt.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.

443 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitos to Berlin and Stuttgart (diversion).

Both forces flew a common route over Northern France and on nearly to Frankfurt before diverging. The German controllers thought that Frankfurt was the main target until a late stage and several bombers were shot down as they flew past Frankfurt.
Only a few fighters appeared over Berlin, where flak was the main danger, but the scattered condition of the bomber stream at Berlin meant that bombers were caught by fighters off track on the return flight and the casualties mounted.

28 Lancasters were lost, 6.2 per cent of the force, and 14 more Lancasters crashed in England.

The weather was clear over Berlin but, after their long approach flight from the south, the Pathfinders marked an area 6-7 miles north-west of the city centre and most aircraft bombed there.
Because of Berlin's size, however, most of the bombing still fell within the city boundaries and particularly on the semi-industrial suburb of Reinickendorf; smaller amounts of bombing fell in the centre and in the Siemensstadt (with many electrical factories) and Tegel districts.
The Berlin Zoo was heavily bombed on this night. Many of the animals had been evacuated to zoos in other parts of Germany but the bombing killed most of the remainder. Several large and dangerous animals - leopards, panthers, jaguars, apes - escaped and had to be hunted and shot in the streets.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary November 1943.

Woolhouse Edward Barrie Woolhouse Edward Barrie - Pilot

F/O - Service No 50230

Age: 21

RAF

Son of Abraham Arthur Woolhouse, and of Esther Hannah Poyner Woolhouse, of Bearwood, Smethwick, Staffordshire.

Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany - grave 1. A. 17.

Source: CWGC.

Pallanca Joseph Pallanca Joseph - FE

Sgt - Service No 1872542

Age: 34 - °1908 Holborn

RAFVR

Son of Joseph Pallanca (°Italy) and Jenny Grossman (°Germany).
Husband of Miriam Lorraine O'Gorman, of Biggin Hill, Kent. x1935.
One brother William, served also in the RAF.

Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany - grave 1. A. 15.

Source: CWGC - info Ancestry.co.uk.

Bell William Bell William - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1585877

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany - collective grave 1. A. 18-20.

Source: CWGC.

Baker Arthur Vernon Baker Arthur Vernon - WOP

Sgt - Service No 952283

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany - collective grave 1. A. 18-20.

Source: CWGC.

Mitchell William Alexander Mitchell William Alexander - BA

F/O - Service No J23126

Age: 20

RCAF

Son of Frank Mudie Mitchell and Elizabeth Mitchell, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany - grave 1. A. 14.

Source: CWGC.

Falls Henri Hugh Falls Henri Hugh - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1796300

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany - grave 1. A. 16.

Source: CWGC.

Monk Thomas Albert Monk Thomas Albert - RG

Sgt - Service No 1890036

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Albert and Mabel Elizabeth Monk, of South Yardley, Birmingham.

Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany - collective grave 1. A. 18-20.

Source: CWGC.